Friday, May 02, 2008

Ephesians 2:1-10

Paul turns in this second chapter of Ephesians from the “big picture” to the “smaller picture.” That is, in the first chapter of Ephesians Paul wrote about the great purpose of God, which culminates in Christ being head of all. Now, in Chapter 2 Paul turns to address us; “As for you…”.

Paul discusses what God has done for us. We are to imitate God, and the phrases which stand out for me in this passage are ways in which I would love to be able to imitate God. God is “rich in mercy,” (v. 4) so He made us alive even though we were dead in sin, Paul says. God is rich is grace (v. 7) and that grace is expressed in God’s kindness to us in Jesus.

Of all the things I want more of, how can I be rich in mercy, rich in kindness? Paul says that God will in the coming ages show us “the incomparable riches of His grace” (v. 7). Wow, that’s a lot of grace and kindness. It’s a mystery to me why God would desire to shower us so with these blessings. But of course, it is not because of what we’ve done, but because of who God is. May we humbly thank God and imitate Him today.

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